Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Madagascar on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

Madagascar’s borders are open to limited regional flights and limited commercial and charter flights to/from Europe. The principal route is via Paris, with regular flights between Paris and Antananarivo on Air France and Air Madagascar. Flights are subject to change or cancellation. You should remain in contact with your travel agent or airline. See the Ministry of Tourism website (in French) for the latest travel alerts and information. Private flights require advance permissions from the Presidency and Prime Minister’s office.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do before your departure and when you arrive in Madagascar.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Madagascar

You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities, including at city checkpoints and Ivato International Airport. A COVID-19 antigen test is required to be taken at the airport before departure on domestic flights.

Accommodation

Hotel and guesthouse accommodation is open, although many businesses catering to tourists are operating with limited capacity. You should contact your accommodation provider for more information.

Public spaces and services

On 3 September 2021, the Government of Madagascar lifted the national Health State of Emergency which had been in place since March 2021. You are still advised to wear a face mask in all public places and follow public health guidelines.

Additional measures have been in place since 15 December in the three regions with the highest rates of COVID-19 transmission: Analamanga (which includes the capital Antananarivo), Vakinakaratra and Haute Matsiatra. In these regions, face masks and one metre social distancing are recommended in closed spaces and areas with many people. Public gatherings outdoor are prohibited and indoor gatherings cannot exceed 100 people.

Healthcare in Madagascar

For contact details of English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should attend your nearest health centre. Due to the rising COVID-19 case numbers, you may face queues at local community health centres.

There is also a local helpline for medical advice if you have COVID-19 symptoms. This is available by dialling 914. English language support may be limited.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Madagascar.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Madagascar

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. We will update this page when the Government of Madagascar announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Madagascan national vaccination programme started in May 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Pfizer and Sinopharm vaccines. British nationals over 18yrs old resident in Madagascar are eligible for vaccination under the national programme. Booster doses are now available at vaccine centres if you had your primary vaccination doses at least 5 months ago. Pfizer boosters are offered for those who had primary doses of Pfizer or Janssen, and the option of Pfizer or AstraZeneca boosters for people who had primary doses of AstraZeneca.

You can register online at the Ministry of Public Health website (website is in French) or in person at your local neighbourhood health centre. Take ID (national identity card or passport) with you to register or for your vaccination appointment.

You can call free on 910 for information on the vaccination programme (English language support may not be available).

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Madagascar, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider about the impact of COVID-19 regulations on any existing travel plans.

If you hold a tourist visa that will expire before you are able to leave Madagascar because of coronavirus restrictions, you should contact your nearest immigration or PAF (Police de l’Air et des Frontières) office.